In Mathew McCarthy’s novel “The road” hope is a consistent theme that shines through the despair of the post-apocalyptic world. The novel focuses on how hope impacts, pushes and changes the lives of the father and the son as they travel south along a road. Hope is shown through the need of survival between the father and the son, hope of preserving humanity and the hope of shared memories between the father and son. Throughout the book the theme of hope is portrayed in the connection between the father and son to keep on surviving. They both have a bond that instills hope into one another, encouraging the other to go on. They offer each other hope in the form of support and their relationship. The father will stop at nothing to ensure the …show more content…
The book introduces desperate measures and lengths people have gone to inorder to survive, this includes cannibalism. violence, and theft. The principles of the father and son is to not resort to such actions. The father always mentions the boy and him “carrying the fire”, he assures them nothing will happen to them as long as they are carrying the fire. This form of hope guides their actions along the road. It ensures them that they do not give in to the despair of the world around them, but rather to overcome it and maintain their morality. An instance where this occurs is when the boy and the father are exhausted and starving, when they see a dog, the boy asks the father if they are going to kill the dog and the father replies with “We’re not going to kill it. We won’t hurt the dog, I promise.” Then later that night the father ensures the boy that they will be alright as long as they carry the fire. This scene shows the hope that guide their principles as they travel along the road, and that they will not succumb to the fierce nature of civilization and preserve their humanity. An additional time when this occurs is when the boy and the father come across people who are missing limbs as if they were being eaten, they quickly leave and don’t discuss it much after that. The boy then asks the father, “We wouldn’t ever eat anybody, would we?.. Even if we were starving?... No matter what.” The …show more content…
The boy has no memories from the world before the disaster takes place, the father attempts to give the boy special memories throughout the novel. The memories he gives his son serves as a hope to continue forward and go on. The novel states, “ He looked at his father and then tilted the can back and drank. He sat there thinking about it. It’s really good.” The boy is referring to a can of coca-cola that the father had found for him. This memory that the father gives him provides hope that there can be good in the world. Another instance where the father gives him a memory is when they come across a waterfall. The text says, “Is it cold? Yes it's freezing. Do you want to go in? Idon;t know. Sure you do. Come on.” It is freezing outside and the water is extremely cold, but the father almost insists that they go to the waterfall. Earlier in the story the boy couldn’t stop looking at the waterfall. The father provides him this memory of going swimming in the water, further demonstrating the idea of hope in the world and the bleak environment. These memories are both shared by the father and the son while they venture along the road, these will serve as hope for the boy to carry on even after the father is gone, and he is left to travel the road without
Similarly, the boy enjoyed the way his life used to be. Both were forcibly taken away and he had to face the loss of his old life. The boy’s wish for a glass of coke shows how he longed for familiarity while he faced the loss of his life before being sent to the internment camp. While in the internment camp, the woman tells her son, “She dreamed. Of warm nights in Kagoshima and chirping bell crickets and red paper lanterns drifting one by one down the river.
First the physical and emotional things that the men carried, then the theme of shame. Finally I will discuss the difference in feeling truth and happening truth. The first theme is the physical and emotional things that the men carried. The book, especially the first chapter, discuses what the men carry.
They see each other as weight that lessens their chances of survival. In fact, the only time father and son relationships matter is the opportunity not to get hurt by your own child, trying to get through hurting your father is not moral. The father and son relationship changes as the duration of camp conditions worsen, abandoning one another instead of working together having hope of a better chance of
Toward the middle and end of the novel, the boy and his mother had to cope with the loss of their loyal dog, Sounder, and the boy’s father. “The boy was crying now. Not that there was any new or sudden sorrow. There just seemed to be nothing else to fill up the vast lostness of the moment.” This is a quote from Sounder, it expresses the immense pain that the boy felt throughout the novel.
In The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, a boy and his father are forced to find tactics to stay alive such as “carrying the fire.” By using this phrase, hope is instilled. The father teaches the boy to carry hope inside him. Their fire is the reason they are able to continue on the journey.
Since The Road is more about the Boy’s journey than his father’s, the supreme ordeal at the end of the novel is the death of the Man. The death of the Man, who acted as the Boy’s mentor during the many challenges faced by the duo, represents the largest and most devastating challenge faced by the Boy. Not only is this due to the fact that the Boy feels unprepared to continue on without his father, but it is also because the “reward” and “road back” are not immediately apparent to the Boy. Compared to even the most challenging obstacles the Boy faced in the past, the death of his father leaves him both physically and mentally pained and exhausted. However, relief from his situation arrives promptly in the form of the stranger who claims to be a “good guy,” though the Boy’s future remains forever uncertain.
It seems that there is no reason to keep surviving in a world which no hopes remain, a father still perseveres to survive with his son and they are sustained by their love. On their journey, the father sacrifices a lot to protect his son and strongly shows his parental love. In this book, the father and the son have great
This action shows that the boy obviously misses his father and wants him to come back. He had no one else and now is all alone in the world. The boy is sad because his father died, but also because of his desolation from life. The boy is so secluded from life, he weeps for his
The boy's search throughout the novel juxtaposes his father as well as the uncivilized and ravaged society around him. The uncivilized society that they live in is full of injustice. Some people, or the bad guys, get things that they want by bullying and tormenting others. The bad guys also keep weaker, less fortunate people captive as a source of food. The boy saw these things and it brings to light how different he is than from the people around him.
In the 2006 novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a man and his son struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Told through a lens of constant hardship, the book follows their arduous journey towards a coast in order to survive the winter. Throughout the novel, McCarthy shows that having hope enables people to persevere in dire circumstances because it counteracts the possibility of negative outcomes. First, the woman’s monologue about her death displays the despair necessary to abandon all hope.
In Robert Newton’s 2005 novel, Runner, the concept of loss is a common theme that occurs to many characters within the novel, with Robert Newton showing them to manage loss in many different ways. Some examples of how the characters have managed loss are by moving on and being resilient after experiencing loss, grieving the loss and having a stage of isolation, or having no option but to embrace the loss and live with it. Robert Newton has shown us how the different characters in Runner manage loss in many ways, expressing to us that loss is quite a complex concept and can be dealt with using various strategies. Within the Runner, we mainly observe the actions of Charlie Feehan after the loss of his father, with him being the main example of
The father’s wife had recently died, leaving him with the boy to take care of with the only mindset of keeping him alive, doing anything for their survival. This affected the father in a big way, leaving him with little hope and hardly any reason to stay alive, but the boy was “his warrant” (McCarthy 5) , his only reason for life. The boy starts out very scared and weak, always wanting to hide behind his father, knowing that one day he will die. The boy matures with every event that happens, and he maintains to have hope throughout most of them. “The man fell back instantly and lay with blood bubbling from the hole in his forehead.
Throughout the novel, the young boy frequently looks for reassurance and guidance from his father. After they saw the naked men and women who are about to get eaten, the boy questions his father if they would ever do that during desperate circumstances. “No. We wouldn’t./Because we’re the good guys./ Yes./
In “The Road Not Taken” a traveler goes to the woods to find himself and make a decision based on self-reliance. The setting of the poem relays this overall message. Providing the mood of the poem, the setting of nature brings a tense feeling to “The Road Not Taken”. With yellow woods in the midst of the forest, the setting “combines a sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world with a sense of frustration as the individual tries to find a place for himself within nature’s complexity” (“The Road Not Taken”). The setting is further evidence signifying the tense and meditative mood of the poem as well as in making choices.